An ever-increasing number of requests for hazelnut and walnut plants are coming from Italy and abroad. Thanks to agreements with the supply chain, contracts with large industries, or autonomous company initiatives, it is possible to plan for profitability over a number of years. At the base of each industrial planning lies the agronomic part and, specifically, the horticultural aspect. The Dalmonte Guido and Vittorio nurseries have long experience in this field.
"Regarding hazelnut, our laboratory is accredited by Ferrero," explained director Roberto Savini. We joined the the supply chain and hazelnut certification from the beginning, and thanks to this, those who wish to adhere to both Ferrero and regional regulations to enter the CMO, can do so through our certified plants, which are certified Qualità Italia. We have been doing this for some years now, so that we are now equipped with the necessary material for the most popular varieties: Tonda Gentile delle Langhe, Romana and Giffoni".
Not only in Italy, but also abroad, and especially in the east, considerable plants are being built on the walnut front as well.
"The growing trend of the walnut is beyond dispute - added Savini (photo on the right) - and this shows that profit-making is possible, especially when there is a well-defined organisation and a detailed industrial plan to support it. One cannot improvise and then hope to sell. The investments are such that it is necessary to have a clear idea of how the product will be placed.
And it's not just walnuts and hazelnuts. Dalmonte proposes a new variety of plum, the Grenadine, which has a burgundy-colored skin and yellow flesh. The sugar level reaches 15-16° Brix, well above the other varieties (12 or 13° Brix). In addition, the flesh is very aromatic and the skin is not acidic. Size is 55/60. Harvesting is scheduled for mid-August.
Regarding apricots, Milord is one of the latest additions. It is, in fact, a self-fertile cultivar, very tasty and productive, large in size, with a red tinge, that is adaptable to many areas of Italy and the rest of Europe.
Among the nectarines, Tifany is a semi-tardive sub-acid with a round shape and high consistency. On the organoleptic side, it is sweet, sub-acidic and aromatic.